The Constitution


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  • Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
  • The House of Representatives and the Senate will make up the two chambers of the Legislative Branch.
  • They will be responsible for making the laws.
  • Article 2 - The Executive Branch
  • The Executive Branch will consist of the president, vice president, and other executive officials and departments.
  • Article 3 - The Judicial Branch
  • Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land.
  • The Legislative Branch is broken into two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. This branch creates laws, mostly starting as bills or proposed taxes.
  • Article 4 - Full Faith and Credit
  • States will accept legal documents and actions of other states and help each other.
  • The Executive Branch is responsible for executing the laws made by the Legislative Branch. This branch includes the President, who is the commander in chief.
  • Article 5 - Amending the Constitution
  • The purpose of the Judicial Branch is to interpret the laws of the Constitution. Article 3 establishes the Supreme Court, which makes up the Federal Judiciary along with other lower federal courts.
  • Federalism
  • The state and national government will have balanced powers but have their own powers that the other will not.
  • All states will accept legal documents or actions from all other states. States also have responsibilities to each other, such as helping to track down criminals or letting children born in another state attend their schools.
  • This will help states to cooperate and work better together.
  • To amend the Constitution, Congress can propose an amendment with a two-thirds vote in each house or two-thirds of state legislatures can ask Congress to call a convention to draft an amendment.
  • To help keep the government stable, we will make it difficult to make changes to the Constitution.
  • A federal system was established by the Constitution that balances state and national powers. However, it grants controlling authority to the national government in its supremacy clause.
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